re: iPhone 5 Gets Gushing Early Reviews
I do not own an iPhone or any other Apple product at the present time, but I've used other people's devices, including iPhone 4, iTunes, iPad Nano, and various Macbook models, and I've tried demo units of a couple of generations of iPad devices as well.
My impression? All of them are good, solid systems, but to me, you have to be an Apple fanatic to actually want one of them, and that is NOT me. I find them to be good, but grossly overpriced, regardless of the model. By the time they are affordable in comparison to other alternatives, they are out of date.
As for the iPhone 4 and its map software, a year ago three of us were car pooling to a weekend party on the other end of a metro area. Phone reception was excellent. We needed directions once we got in the area to know which side streets to turn on. One person in the car turned on their map software, and it sent us in the wrong direction.
I finally pulled out my Motorola Droid, turned it on, and it showed a map with highlighted directions. We stopped in a shopping plaza, and my Droid started speaking, telling us to turn around. Finally the iPhone 4 map software realized the error of its ways and essentially concurred with what the Droid had immediately figured out; we should have consulted the Droid Google Map or the Verizon VZ Navigator map software; either one, both available on the Droid line, work, and the systems they run on are much less expensive. Been using Droids for around three years now with good success.